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K&N standard fit air filter
EBC drilled and grooved discs all round with mintex pads. Well happy with these.
Looks good. I'm awaiting some PF pads for my Brera, hopefully fitted at the same time as the Wizard system
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Tried out a fuel injection control mod with a press button actuator. The roads were a bit damp so I experienced third gear wheel spins when I pressed the button.

I like my clutch so i think I'll back off some settings a little bit
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GAve it a proper Alfa Romeo treatment on the way home, few miles on the motorway where enough to see the rpm neddle going up to the redline in 5th, then 6th enters like a hot knife on butter!!! This are the kind of moments the car is worth every headache it gives!!! Not very fuel efficient tough, it was giving a feedback of 15l/100 kms....
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Followed a guide on this site to remove the rear light clusters just to get to the bulbs. The person who wrote the guide is a legend...

The people who wrote the handbook on the other hand, are illiterate, feckless and complete liars!
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Changed the oil. I've been 'saving up' bottles of Castrol Edge 5w40 from Home Bargains for a while as they were really cheap.

Also the young'un fixed the grille for me, which was semi-killed by a flying numberplate last Monday.

Then, as a thank-you from the car, the climate control display goes blank. Really, it ought to be better than this.
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K&N standard fit air filter
Interested in how noticable the difference (sound and performance) is to stock on a 2.4 ?
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K&N standard fit air filter
EBC drilled and grooved discs all round with mintex pads. Well happy with these.
You guys rate Mintex? I've fitted Mintex discs and pads to our mini but are they worthy of my Spider? I'm a big fan of EBC, I've used them before.
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Added more silica gel bags to the passenger seat well to absorb the damp from the flooded car park!
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I'm a big fan of EBC, I've used them before.
I fitted EBC's to my 33 16V SW - I managed to set the front tyres on fire when bedding them in!
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no real difference on K&N, just standard fit, needed a new air filter. not to expensive and probably flows better air than standard paper filter. cheap enough on ebay

Was a bit dissapointed with standard considering it had Brembo 4pot and big discs, but is a heavy car.
Discs and pads feel great and seem to work much better, little bit noiser than standard when heavy braking, just cos of grooves.
And they look nice lol
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First mot passed today. Smoke test passed with flying colours with alfatune dpf / egr delete and remap
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Finally finished off the suspension by fitting the rear Koni's / Novi's. It really has transformed the car its much more sure footed and feels much more responsive to steering, acceleration and braking inputs. Then had to trim 50mm off the mud flaps.

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Just changed my HID bulbs from 6000k to 5000k, noticed two things, firstly, I had left the original bulbs on top of the oil filler cap!!! Ha, they were still there!

Also noticed my coolant was low, had a lot of front end work done recently (after someone smacked her when she was parked), so will keep an eye on it, may just be settling in, but will keep an eye on it, hopefully won't have to take it back.
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Fitted the new metal bleed screw, thanks Tracer

Also had a pop at refurbing the foglights. The bottom half of the reflectors had lost the silver coating and were damp inside. They looked half yellow and bloody awful. I know they won't be as bright as new ones but be honest, they're rubbish anyway and 5 to fix is better than 55!

Will probably put LED bulbs in at some point, too.
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The train doesn't get any cheaper does it pete

I actually like yellow fogs and am waiting for my bulbs to blow before I change over to yellow bulbs. I'll clean the reflector out then too

I popped your relay in the post today, I wasn't able to get into the workshop it was stored in until lastnight. It didn't misbehave at all Not sure if your problem is the battery or connectors, like on the battery top distribution plate ? If the relay can't produce enough glow current it will shut off automatically.
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Cheers, will probably end up rewiring it inch by inch!
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Orderd a new front emblem also a nicer leather for my shifter.

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Nothing, its sat at the drive way for two days now!!! Didnt even wash it or clean as dense fog by day and -7 frosts by night dont allow big deal fidlling on the outside!!
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Fitted a EGR Restrictor plate on the INlet side of the EGR Valve.

Presume as I have a 2009 1.9jTDM the Afla outlet plate is already fitted but worth 4 and 15 hour to fit.

Will see if i notice any change!
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Fitted the new metal bleed screw, thanks Tracer

Also had a pop at refurbing the foglights. The bottom half of the reflectors had lost the silver coating and were damp inside. They looked half yellow and bloody awful. I know they won't be as bright as new ones but be honest, they're rubbish anyway and 5 to fix is better than 55!

Will probably put LED bulbs in at some point, too.
Pete, how did you referb them, just clean them up or did you re-spray the reflectors with silver hammerite or something? Been thinking about this myself...


EDIT: To contribute to what I've done today, I've also redone the seals and hinges as per the winter guide .

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Matt, I popped them in the oven for 5 mins to get them hot - then you can prise the glass away carefully. Reflectors just pop out, then it's a couple of quidsworth of primer and chrome effect paint.

Just got some LED bulbs so they won't get hot and damage the paint - if I ever use them!
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Cleaned out the inside of the Abrera, looking good! Sprayed the injector electrical connectors and tidied up the engine bay.
Oh and sold some stuff on fleabay and fixed my boys scooter!
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Refitted the EGR blanking plate, washed the outside, polished the bonnet with coloured wax to hide the stonechips
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